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    Puerto Viejo is a hidden gem! I recently visited this place and I fell in love with the people, the atmosphere, the culture and all this place has to offer. Puerto Viejo quickly becomes a place you can call home :) the beaches are great, the food and vibes are just so magnetic. Definitely coming back to PV... PURA VIDA

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    Nice beach, nice people, nice music. You can find everything in Puerto Viejo, from local culture as Rasta man and Bribri natives, to sushi and international cuisine.

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  • Puerto Viejo

    Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is relatively sleepy in comparison with other Central American hot spots, but Puerto Viejo, the tiny beach town in the country's southeastern corner, is the best bet for a laid-back Caribbean getaway. The beaches are beautiful (from pristine white sands to silty, ethereal black sand), the food is delicious (banana pancakes and jerk chicken and fish), and there is never a shortage of cold Imperials and live reggae music. Viva 'Pura Vida'!

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    On the eastern side of Costa Rica you'll find Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It's a laid back surfer town and backpacker's paradise where the cold Imperial beer is flowing and the aromas of sticky ganja, sunscreen, and coconut all softly mix in the air. I guess a telling review would be that no matter your age or interests, you'll love spending 2 or 3 days in this beach town. You'll make new friends, surf, sun-bath, grab an old bicycle and take off: peddling along the rustic beach trails. Or just just stop time and sit - sipping cervezas with your bum in the sand and smiling the entire time. When it's time to leave...you definitely won't want to.

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  • Puerto Viejo

    PV is not for everyone :) But if you like off the beaten path, eclectic and exotic destinations, this is the place! With Beaches more beautiful than you can imagine, masses of rainforest bursting with wildlife and 46 nationalities sharing this piece of paradise, you'll remember this place all your life. It should come with a warning though: Very easy to fall in love with!

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    A great town to visit in Costa Rica. It has not become quite as Americanized as other parts of Costa Rica. Though everyone will probably be American that you meet here it is still very nice. Must check out the beaches. Rent beach cruisers for $4 a day and check out the whole area. Must get to Cahuita National Park while in this area and see wild monkeys and sloths. Watch out for fire ants and wear mosquito repellent.

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  • Puerto Viejo

    God, Puerto Viejo (on the caribbean side, just north of Panama) is one of my favorite places on the planet. So pretty, so chill, so tasty. Lots of good places to hang out and eat and just loll around.

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    I lived here awhile ago. I guess it has changed a bit. Seemed a little sketchy to me, but I have since been back and it appeared to be cleaned up a bit. If you like surfing challenging waves, paddle out at Salsa Brava; it is located directly in front of the "reggae bar". Not sure if that is what the bar is named, but you will know it when you see it. Also good surfing at La Isla and Playa Grande. There is tons of exploration along this coast including some outer islands, but the surf season is short. Water is not even warm, it's hot!

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    Puerto Viejo charmed me in all the right ways. The southward stretch of the main road ambles through a hauntingly beautiful cacophony of jungle which cuts through on one side to stretches of beaches on the Caribbean coastline that are both rugged and impossibly pristine.

    The center of town is a blend of chilled-out Caribbean vibes, amazing cuisine, and total nightlife debauchery. Sleepy Sleaze Gourmand, if you will. My favorite?

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    A very chill way of living. Rented beach cruisers & rode to different beaches. I will be back for sure!!

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    Really lovely beaches. I recommend renting a bike and meandering down the coast. Very laid back town.

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  • Puerto Viejo

    This place is the perfect escape while visiting Costa Rica. It's my favorite little spot on the Carribean Ocean side about 45 minutes south of Limon. There are tons of little bars to drink at and places to stay throughout this town. Everything you need is pretty much right there as far as activities like surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving. There is a stong rastafarian influence because apparently a long time ago, when there were slavery problems in Jamaica, a ton of slaves escaped to the coast of Costa Rica; settling ini Limon and other little towns south. Now though, every time I've gone there to visit there seems to be people there from all over the world. There is even an internet cafe and wifi located around different places in the town. Every Friday and Saturday night there is typically live music and "disco" parties going on. I love Puerto Viejo. It's always been fun to visit.

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    Beautiful beaches, great laid back town, decent night life. If you are looking for a relaxing place to just hang out for a few days (or a week like my brief stopped turned into) then enjoy the beauty of Puerto Viejo. You can wander on foot or rent bikes and just travel to the various beaches with great water, great snorkeling and great people!

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    Pure serenity

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